Kathleen Benckendorf

Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

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  • Attachment & trauma specialist; Post-adoption support spe...
  • BS, MS, bunch of continuing ed on trauma & attachment, an...
  • From St. Louis, MO, USA
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About Me


Live. Love. Help. Travel.


Both of us: Honest, hospitable, enjoy reading, dancing, outdoor activities like hiking and canoeing, hanging with friends and family.

Kathleen: organized, planner, slightly introverted (but mostly hides it well). Loves rollerblading, cooking, dark malty beer, chocolate.

Ric: extroverted, very sociable, spontaneous, runs, plays basketball, pretty much will do anything if there's someone to do it with.


Be a net positive in the world.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Have surfed and plan to host.


Have surfed at several locations during a recent trip to Florida. Plan to host as well.

We have often hosted thru other organizations (AFS exchange students, local college students needing a place to stay for the holidays, church student groups passing thru).


We love hiking, canoeing, tennis. Ric and the boys play basketball a lot. Ric plays softball when he can. Kathleen rollerblades. Volleyball. We hang out with some of the Meetup groups in town. Family stuff. Travel. Hanging out with friends.

Music, Movies, and Books

Ric loves movies, Kathleen loves to read. We both listen to books from Audible quite a bit - mysteries, action, suspense, mostly.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

The Grand Canyon is amazing.
Ziplining in West Virginia was pretty amazing (and I'm afraid of heights! - Kat)

Teach, Learn, Share

Adoption parenting - helping parents cope with the behaviors that come from early trauma is my passion.

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